Midas Touch | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Midas TouchMidas Touch

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This sweet yet dry beer is made with ingredients found in 2,700-year-old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas. Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas will please the chardonnay and beer drinker alike.

12 IBU

Added by purplehops on 10-31-2001

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Photo of NicholasSchell
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a great clear golden hue with the lightest red/amber tinge, 2 finger almost white head, delicate carbonation.

S- Pale malt, sour apple, dried fruits, grapes, musty, only the faintest hint of alcohol. Never smelled a beer like this, I like that.

T- Sweet, apple, grapes come through in the finish.

M- Medium body, light carbonation, aftertaste is pleasant.

D- This would be perfect with a curry dish or as an after dinner drink, but due to the sweetness I don't think I could have more than a couple by themselves. Still a very good beer.

I believe this would be a great transition beer for that wine loving friend you may have.

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Photo of Radome
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unusual but enjoyable beer from Dogfish Head (which probably makes it "usual" for them).

Appearance - Clear, bright orange/golden color. Head consists of a thin but sticky and long-lasting layer of tiny bubbles. Very inviting.

Aroma - A small amount of malt aroma, reminds me of pilsner malt grain. No hop aroma evident. Smell is dominated by sweet, slightly musty fruit. Like opening a bottle of Welch's White Grape Juice.

Taste - Very subtle malt flavor up front, like a muted Czech Pilsner. No hop flavor, but there is an underlying bitterness. Later in the taste and after swallowing, the fruit takes over with strong grape juice notes and maybe a hint of spices. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, and slightly astringent aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. You'd never know how strong it is from the taste. Goes down easy. Overall, however, the aroma is much more interesting than the flavor for me. This is a good beer from one of my favorite breweries, but not their best.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jul 10, 2009

12oz. bottle. Pours orange/amber with a very small head that retains a ring and slight covering.

Fruity is the word. Aroma is fruity and musty.

Flavor strong in honey, grapes, apples, apricots, and some spice. Sticky sweet mouthfeel.

Medium carbonation. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden for 9%.

An interesting brew, not exactly my cup of tea, but a beer I've been wanting to try for some time.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark godlen with a small, creamy white head. Good retention. No carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of grapes and some sweetness. Light aroma.

Taste is of malts, grapes, alcohol and butterscotch. Has a soda quality about it.

Mouthfeel is heavy, lightly cleansing, smooth. Slightly flat.

Overall, an interesting brew. Hard to classify. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into wide-mouth Leffe glass at 40 degrees.

Pours a relatively clear, "thick" golden body - thick in that you can see the bubbles struggling to make their way up. 1f of white head that fades to lingering film, and plenty of lacing.

The aroma led off with pinot grigio, followed by the sweet honey, and a touch of vanilla. Rich and decadent, with an incredible smoothness for the amount of carbonation present. The grape and honey qualities come thru from the aroma to the flavor.

This is a terrific pairing beer as it can play well with so many foods, from salads thru desserts.

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Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is it beer, wine, or mead? After drinking the entire bottle I would have a hard time picking out many beer components. Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is dominated by the muscat grapes and honey that has been fermented into mead. Smells like a combination of muscatel and mead. A little research results that such a concoction does exist, it is called Muscadore. The aroma is so strong there is no sign of the 9% ABV. The flavor also results in strong grape flavors. The honey does not play as large a role but it still gives some mead-like qualities. The body brings some beer qualities back. It is medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep the beer from being slick or sticky. An interesting "beer experiment" that is worth trying or surprising guests with. Not something I would consider drinking on a regular basis.

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Photo of Amalak
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle. This is one of the most unique tasting beers I've ever had...but I'm not a fan. It's very acidic. The grapes (Which seem to give it a very strong scent) come through. Kind of burns the back of the mouth. Quality, but not for me.

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Photo of mightymoksha
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in pint glass.

Pours a clear, light amber. Head is eggshell, frothy and retentive.

Aromas of honey, spice and grapes prominent. Hints of alcohol and lavender also present.

Notes of oily hops and prickly alcohol are first, followed by white grapes, honey, spice and a faint citrus. Finish is dry with touches of grapeskin and saffron.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with moderate carbonation. Medium-full body.

I wouldn't quite call it gold, but it is one of my favorite spiced beers. Works very well as a pairing, so-so on its own.

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Photo of jdskinns
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Clear golden yellow body. Looks a lot like a typical BMC offering with a thing white head. Aroma is sweet with a lot of grape and alcohol smell. Smells very fruity. Taste follows the aroma with a lot of white grape and is still kind of boozy. Very good though with a small tart bite. Body is light to medium. Kind of a dry beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish color with a one finger white pillowy head that stays around with minimal lacing. The aroma is of barley and grapes with a sweetness as well. The aroma is faint. The taste is of sweet malt with barley and grape overtones. The taste is very complex. The mouthfeel is very dry and moderately carbonated. The mouthfeel is like champagne. Overall this is a very solid and drinkable beer. The taste and aroma are complex and leave you wanting more. The alcohol is very well masked.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz bottled on 09/15/09. My first beer sampled on January 1, 2010. Hopefully this is a sign of good beers to come. It pours a copper color very much like a freshly minted penny with a thin but persistent off-white head. The aroma comes across as subtle and mild with a bit of barley, malts, and grapes. The taste is more conspicuous with a powerful balance of sweet honey, spices, and a biscuit-like under tone. It ends a tad dry. This was very likeable.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours golden translucent, with a white fluffy head. Almost syrupy looking at first glance, looks like honey in a glass. Great lacing.

S: Fruity and honey sweet smell. Touch of herb smelling as well.

T: Up front is a combination of spices and grapes, also a citrus taste. Honey kick at the end. The 9 % is masked incredibly well. As it warms up, the boozy, sweet honey taste is more prevalent with the spices and overpowers the fruit.

M: Thinner than I expected, about medium bodied. More carbonation than I expected.

D: Incredibly high. Cannot believe this beer is 9%. Can finish off a four pack easily.

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Photo of mempath
4.92/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

since it's a fruit/herb ale, i figured just slam it into a tulip instead of my actual DFH pint.

light then vigorous pour creates a nice thick head that settles not fast nor slow. no lacing, but it stays curdled up toward the lip as it dies back. within a couple of minutes, the surface appears slightly as a veneer of creaminess remains. LOOKS substantial (had one of these last year...thought i had reviewed it...i did, but not here...somewhere in one of my journals).

nose is pure, sharp muscat/muscadine (i'm from mississippi so the smell of the primitive grape is brought back from the crypt!)...just amazing smelling this. i know there's more going on, but i think the other elements are keeping the muscadine note up front and keeping it from smelling like wine. there is a mead sense coming through. magick.

yeah, this is mead ale with archaic grapes and herbs and it is just as amazing as i remember. truly a stellar brew and no wonder DFH remains one of my favorites for their innovation and courage. not too sweet (i know it will sweeten as it warms...but i think i'll finish this while it's still cool!), nice sour note, the alcohol is present but very embedded into the whole. stellar. didn't i say that already?

mouthfeel is perfect for this type of brew. not as flat as you would expect. not flat at all, actually. a thick rim of foam remains and i get more bristling carbonation that keeps this almost heavy drink from drowning itself and me. as the glass goes down, some interesting lacing develops. looks like an oracle...

very drinkable in my opinion. as a hophead. this redefines (predates?) what sweetness in an ale should be. neither thick nor thin. perfect all by itself. if you can handle the ABV, sure it's a session brew! i assume you are a gladiator or soldier or minotaur if you can down a 4-pack of these...

even for folks who like basic beers, this would be a treat and they could definitely handle a bottle or at least SPLIT one with you.


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Photo of diamondc
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had Midas Touch on tap a few times, and enjoyed this marriage of wine/beer/mead. Bottled on date was 07/29/09.

Not much going on in the appearance department. It's golden colored, yeah, but the head dissipates quickly leaving just a small steady stream of bubbles to the top (thanks to the Duvel glass). No sign of lacing either.

The aroma is very nice though. Grapes, honey, lavender, oranges, a bit of alcohol rearing in the background.

The taste was at first very wine-like .. white grapes and honey dominate over the malt. A bit of a toffee taste does come up towards the end when warmed up to room temperature along with a black peppery spiciness. Hops are almost non-existent here. Very unique and tasty.

There is only a slight hotness on the aftertaste. The brisk carbonation keeps this from becoming a syrup-y affair. The high ABV makes this a good sipping beer.

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Photo of voteforgoat
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

was recommended by a close friend. I also remember reading something about this brew (or its experimental predecessor) in a New Yorker food issue that was focussed on DogFishhead.

a- looked like a regular beer. nothing mind-blowing.

s-interesting honey notes. Flowers and pefume as well, probably from the spices

t- close to foul. tasted like a dry mead, but not crisp or clear and quite bogged down with weirdness instead. From the smell, seemed like it was going to be sweet. I tried and tried but I did not enjoy this one. lingering taste i did not like.

m-average carbonation. nothing here to redeem the taste.

first beer by this brewery i've had. I take it that this was a anthropological experiment and am willing to try others..but this was not good. this beverage did not offer any real pleasure. and feels like an academic version of a beer. I will give the rest away to my friend. I don't see this one aging well either.


Had a second bottle at a different date, and completely reviewed my score. Had this one on it's own, not while trying a bunch of beers. Much better, much more interesting beer this way. This one might be good paired with spicy, savory foods?

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Photo of markchev
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent aroma of spices. Nice golden color. Excellent overall taste of spices and some herbiness, not quite sure exactly what herbs though. A little alcohol on the finish, but not objectionable and not indicative of the 9% ABV. This one could easily sneak up on you. Has a somewhat traditional and pleasing Belgian taste to it. Overall, one of the better Dogfish Head's I've had, other than their IPA's.

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Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. Bottled on 10/23/09 date on bottle neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.60.

A: Hney-gold with 1-2 finger off-white head that disappears quickly but leaves random lace patterns.

S: Honey is dominant with pale malt and herbal hops aromas. There is a little vinous quality to this brew.

T: The vinous quality is overwhelmed by honey and herbal hoppiness. There is not a lot of complexity to this brew unfortunately.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied with low carbonation and a slick feel. Aftertaste is sweet.

D: Easy to drink but not as nostalgic as the concept.

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Photo of AlexTheAleMan
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had in a 12 oz brown bottle poured into large wine glass.

This beer has a golden, pale, honey color with a little bit of head that lingers for a while and never quite disappears till the last sip.

Doesn't smell as much like saffron and grapes like i was expecting, but i am getting a nice sweet honey smell along with a bit of alcohol on the nose. nothing very special about the smell

I am pleasantly surprised by the taste. they did a nice job of disguising the 9% alcohol. It has a slightly sweet taste, i am definitely getting some flavor from the honey and grape. while the saffron is very low key i am getting some kind of a spicy taste lingering into the after taste.

this beer is extremely drinkable for 9% and while it is not my favorite type of beer i would definitely consider drinking it again.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter from 12oz bottle....

A: Pours a golden honey color with hues of orange and lemon, one finger head forms and falls very quickly to a few frothy bubbles and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Zero lacing.

S: Musty white grapes with a faint hint of apricot and very faint citrus hops. Honey comes through as well but is blended in with the other aromas very nicely.

T: Follows nose pretty closely, lots of musty white grapes with just a touch of lemon zest and orange peel. Slight booziness mid-palate but is hidden nicely with the flavors and carbonation. Not a lot of honey detected but it is noticed in the finish.

M: Medium body that is quite crisp and refreshing despite the high abv. The carbonation might be just a touch too aggressive but it is pretty nice overall. Goes down smooth.

D: This one just begs to be sipped for me....the slight booziness and carbonation make you slow down and enjoy. Very nice overall.

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Photo of cnally
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little slice of history, as interpreted by DFH. Way cool.

This beer is a slightly hazy gold-maize color. A few carbonation bubbles cling to the glass. Frothy white head sticks on the sides.

Aroma is all grapes, high alcohol nose, but not very deep and inviting.

The flavor is actually a bit like a white wine. The white grape is extremely evident, dry and oaky. What is nice is that you can really taste the saffron on the finish.

Very fizzy mouthfeel, high, concentrated carbonation. Sticky and a bit sweet.

Interesting...yes, but the level of desire for this on a repeat basis would be limited. I am shocked at how hot this beer tastes for a 9%. It doesn't hide the alcohol well, and the flavor just reminds me of sipping on a good riesling.

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Photo of bob3701
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. I was amazed at the golden color and thought how aptly it was named. Nice head to start and minimal lacing. This is one of the most aromatic beers I ever smelled. This was almost like drinking carbonated wine. Very high grape flavor but sweetness of honey come through. I doubt too many of these could be drank at one sitting but this was a great experiance for the palette. I love that DFH does this.

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Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a gold amber color with a small white head that quickly settled down to a small ring around the sides of the flass.

Aroma has some sweet honey and grapes with a little spiciness to it.

Taste has some sweet honey followed by the flavor of the grapes. It has some crispness and spicy flavors coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a beer that is 9%. It tastes much lighter then that and the alcohol is well hidden.

I enjoyed trying this one but it isn't something I will seek out on a regular basis. It's something different and worth trying though for sure.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white head on top of a clear, deep golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves minimal lace.

S - Lots of honey/pilsner malt aroma with just a hint of toast. A little bit of yeast or grape fruitiness going on, but little else; the malt character is nevertheless quite nice.

T - Sweet, cracker malt up front with a great honey flavor and some spicy hops. More musty, pilsner like hop and malt interactions in the middle that lead to a similar finish. The aftertaste has more of the earthy hop character with a lively honey note that clear up any misconceptions about the beer being made with really good pilsner malt rather than real honey.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Quite a nice beer. I haven't had one of these since much earlier in my Beer Geek career and I was not expecting it to have held up to my fond memories, but if anything I enjoy it more now than I did then. The honey character is fantastic and combined with the herbal hops and spices it is pleasantly reminiscent of a good pilsner. The flavors are much less subtle than those of a fine German lager, but they are eerily similar and tickle a lot of the same parts of the palate. I also appreciate that despite its powerfully sweet finish it manages to avoid becoming cloying (at least for one bottle). I wouldn't want more than one of these in a sitting, but it is a very nice beer and I am glad I revisited it.

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Photo of luchris80
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a white wine glass.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of grapes (prominent). Clean and crisp sauvignon blanc/riesling-like nose.

Appearance: Golden color with strong orange tint (honey-like, probably influenced by the saffron). Slight, off-white head that quickly dissipates with no trail and very slight legs. Very clear with a few bubbles rising.

Flavor: Moderate grape flavor on a background of light maltiness and a slight bit of honey sweetness. Some dryness at the finish that stays on the palate a bit.

Mouthfeel: Light body and pretty high carbonation with some bite (champagne-like). Smooth and crisp with a slight warmth at finish (enough to let you know it is 9%).

Overall Impressions: Drinks like a light bodied beer, but with a lot of flavor. Seemingly a direct midpoint between beer and champagne. Very pleased to have tried and quite different than anything I have tasted to date (that I can recall).

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Photo of bonk0076
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light light and clear orangish-straw color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of strong fruit notes - primarily grapes, as well as hints of citrus and honey. Taste is dominated by the sweetness of grapes and honey, but balanced by bitter malts. Finishes very nicely.

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Midas Touch from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.73 out of 5 based on 4,825 ratings.
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